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Healthy Reasons for Seniors to Drink Iced Tea

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on June 27, 2016

The Arizona desert climate is known for its extremely hot summers. Since this heat is especially dangerous for seniors, they need to keep themselves hydrated with healthy beverages. Though water may be the obvious choice, your elderly loved one likely wants to drink something with a little more flavor on occasion. Iced tea may be the perfect solution because it also contains a wealth of health benefits for seniors. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Chandler families trust, examines a few of these advantages.

Reduces the Risk of Cancer

One of the biggest benefits of fresh iced tea is the amount of antioxidants found in these beverages. According to a 2001 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, both black tea and green tea contain a specific type of antioxidant that reduces the risk of skin, lung, breast, and prostate cancer. These same antioxidants have also been shown to reduce a senior’s risk of stress fractures and bone deterioration. 

Decreases Calorie Intake

Not many people realize just how many calories are in the beverages they drink every day. Starting right when your loved one wakes up, he or she might be consuming a large amount of calories in a fresh cup of coffee. These calories can quickly add up and lead to excess weight, spikes in blood sugar, and complications with circulation. As long as your loved one does not add too much sugar to the iced tea, this beverage has little or no calories.

Prevents Heat Stress

Heat stress is a serious concern for adults over age 65 because they cannot effectively regulate their internal temperature. In addition to precautions such as wearing light clothing and staying in the shade, a cold glass of iced tea can help your loved one prevent hyperthermia and other heat-related concerns. Unlike cold foods like ice cream, which can actually cause your loved one’s internal temperature to spike, the heat transfer between iced tea and the digestive system can bring his or her temperature down.

Increases Mental Alertness

Consuming a small amount of caffeine every day can provide your loved one with a number of amazing health benefits. The caffeine in iced tea can increase your loved one’s alertness while reducing his or her risk of certain forms of cancer. Iced tea is an excellent alternative to coffee, which often has higher doses of sugar, syrup, and rich creamers.

Drinking nutritious beverages is just one way to help your loved one stay cool and healthy in the summertime. For additional strategies to combat the effects of hot weather, reach out to the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance. We offer flexible part-time and live-in care plans, and we also provide comprehensive Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care Chandler seniors can count on. For more information, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 480.448.6215.